BAKU — Azerbaijani writer and journalist Rafiq Tagi has died, four days after he was stabbed multiple times in a late-night attack in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.
Tagi, 61, a critic of the Azerbaijani government, Iran, and political Islam, died in the Baku hospital where he had been treated following the November 19 attack.
Rasim Karadzha, a friend of Tagi’s and editor of the “Alatoran” literary journal, informed RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Service that Tagi died about 3 p.m. on November 23.
Tagi underwent four hours of surgery after the attack and had his spleen removed, but he had been reported to be in satisfactory condition.
Tagi spoke with RFE/RL about an hour before his death and said that he was recovering well.
“My condition is difficult and stable,” he said. “It’s stable and difficult, but it’s not worsening.”